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Spirit Week Fun!

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We invite you to take advantage of the excitement around spirit week to connect with your children and and carry out conversations and activities around your family’s or culture’s traditions.  Children love to learn about your childhood memories and imagine what it was like when you were their age!  Enjoy this special time, plan their outfits and join the fun!

Your homeroom teachers are planning different activities for our students for Costume Day which will be held on Friday, October 27. As you plan for your child’s costume, we invite you to engage your children/family in conversations about their roles when they are wearing costumes, the creativity that can come into play when creating your own costume and keeping in mind that, as with any celebration, our diverse community holds a variety of traditions and beliefs.

General guidelines for costumes in the Elementary School

Costumes should be “child-friendly” and allow for easy movement in order to avoid accidents.

Students are asked to refrain from using any of the following:

  • High heels
  • Dangerous or intimidating accessories such as weapons even if these are toys or small in size
  • Costumes that represent violent characters or can be scary for younger children
  • Masks that cover the face
  • Inappropriate clothing for children’s age

Devices on campus

In Elementary School, students in grades 3 to 5 bring an Ipad to school as a learning tool. We have asked students to limit the use of the device to learning activities guided by their teachers.  Playing games, chatting with friends or other uses of devices are not allowed on campus or on buses.  

Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal
ppereira@cotopaxi.k12.ec

High School News

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I would like to announce that next year I will become the Head of School at the Bali Island School in Bali, Indonesia. While I look forward to the challenges and opportunities this position will provide me and my family, both Jackie and I are sad to say goodbye to Academia Cotopaxi, the faculty and staff, the students and you the families we now call friends. Our time in Ecuador has been full of smiles and laughter. We have gained a greater appreciation for Latin America, for not only its beauty and diversity, but also for its love of family and the importance this plays in all aspects of life. Our children have grown up next to yours. We thank you for making our family feel at home here, welcomed and loved.

I would like to thank the Academia Cotopaxi Community for allowing me to serve the school for the past three years. The division has policies and procedures in place now that set the students and faculty up for success. I am so excited to hear the IB results, SAT and MAP scores over the next few years as I know they will show a dramatic increase. Lastly, I would like to thank the Administrative team that I am proud to have worked beside for the past three years.  This team works tirelessly to improve all aspects of the school; making Academia Cotopaxi not only a caring, gentle and kind place to learn, but also making it highly competitive in all regards among international schools both in Latin America and the world. Director Heide has set the school on a bold path of innovation and inclusion, I have learned so much from her and will take all of this with me to my new role.

I commit to making your child’s HS experience both memorable and rewarding throughout my remaining time at Academia Cotopaxi. Thank you for your continued support of our program.

IB News - From Mr. Fred Bordaguibel

The Full IB DIploma candidate of the Senior Class have successfully submitted their Extended Essays and their final ToK Presentations-well done!

Athletics Corner - From Mr. JJ Fuentes:

This is the last week of the Volleyball Season and it will be a busy one.
QISSA Finals
Monday                          JV Boys and Girls will play vs Alliance for 3rd place @ Menor
Tuesday                         Varsity Girls play Einstein for 1st place @ Einstein
                                     Varsity Boys play Einstein for 3rd place @ Menor
Friday and Saturday        AASSA Volleyball Tournament @ Alliance Academy.

Come out and support the Cougars, they have worked hard and need a final push from the fans!

Garth Wyncoll
High School Principal

An inclusive community

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Special Olympics was truly a special event last week. It was a joy to see the AC inclusion vision in action. Our Middle School students were fully immersed in the event, as soccer players, percussionists, and supporters! This week we continue to see inclusion, in the form of cultural inclusion, as we celebrate UN Day and the national diversity represented within our community.

Spirit Week

Yes, your child was correct when s/he told you that pajamas were the school attire on Monday! We continue with special dress themes throughout this week:

Oct 23 - Pajama Day
Oct 24 - Parade of Nations (national dress/country colors)
Oct 25 - Formal/Dress-up Day
Oct 26 - Mismatch Day
Oct 27 - Costume Day

Progress Reports, MAP results, Conferences - MAP test results and Quarter 1 Progress Reports are scheduled to go out on November 13. Your child will have the opportunity to conference with his/her teachers about MAP scores between now and November 13. MS Parent/Student/Teacher conferences are held on November 15. More details to follow closer to the conference date.

IB Learner Profile

In addition to using the IB Learner Profile for student goals, the Middle School has committed to using the Profile (page 8 of the MS Handbook) as the foundation for how our students approach learning, both in and out of the classroom. This is in line with both the Elementary and High School and our overall AC values. Thus, you will no longer see the HALs on student reports, but rather you will read teacher comments regarding how your child is developing in relation to the Learner Profile. I look forward to conversations with you about how you can also support this aspect of your child’s development at home.
With kind regards,

Sheryl

Sheryl Gruber
Middle School Principal
sgruber@cotopaxi.k12.ec

"We are responsible for being informed global citizens who understand and affect positive change."

 

High School News

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Community Experts

This year at Academia Cotopaxi, we have developed a new initiative to include parents as often as we can to help our students learn our curriculum better. We have asked parents to share their areas of expertise so that our students can learn from you and make authentic connections to their studies. Thank you to so many people who have responded to our survey to Share Your Expertise!  We are amazed by the wide range of skills and interests represented in our parent community and we are already using these connections in our classrooms. Do you have a hobby, skill or job experience that you'd like to share with students?  We invite you to volunteer by completing the Share Your Expertise form.  Thank you!

From the HS Counselor

Did you know that adolescents need 8-10 hours of sleep each night?  I have talked with many students in the past few weeks who are feeling overwhelmed and exhausted. Some of the signs of not getting enough sleep include:

  • Trouble waking up most mornings
  • Irritability in the early afternoon
  • Falling asleep easily during the day
  • A sudden drop in grades
  • Sleeping for very long periods on the weekends

You can support your child by talking with him/her about getting enough sleep, prioritizing activities and homework, and leaving cell phones, computers and TV’s out of their bedroom.

Athletics Update

The QISSA League Volleyball Tournament is coming to an end. This week our JV and Varsity teams will be taking part in the “playoffs” and next week we will have the QISSA Finals. The JV Invitational Tournament hosted by Einstein takes place this Friday and Saturday. To close the Volleyball season, Alliance Academy will host the Varsity AASSA Tournament on the 27th and 28th of this month.

Season 2
Girls Soccer and Boys Basketball begins on the week of October 30th. Monday and Tuesday will be “Open Court/Pitch”, and Varsity Tryouts will be on Wednesday and Thursday of that week.

Garth Wyncoll
High School Principal

 

Student Learning

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In a few weeks we will end first quarter in the Middle School. This mile-marker along the journey of an academic school year indicates that class routines are clearly established, many subjects are in the process of completing a unit of learning, students may be spending time preparing for summative assessments, friendships are established, and we are all working together toward reaching the MS goals and fulfilling the AC mission. I encourage you to have conversations each day with your child about her/his learning. A great way to begin the conversation is by asking to see Edmodo and viewing assignments and other class resources. Edmodo is your window to your child’s school day, and a way for you to stay connected to the MS learning program.

Special Olympics

AC is thrilled to host Special Olympics this Thursday. The entire community is invited to cheer on our soccer players and participate in the event. Opening Ceremonies begin at 9:00am on the upper field, and Closing Ceremonies take place at 11:30am - with plenty of soccer match action in between! Our MS percussionists will be leading some of the cheers and several MS students volunteered to join the soccer teams. We hope to see you there!

Community Experts

Thank you to so many people who have responded to the survey to Share Your Expertise!  We are amazed by the wide range of skills and interests represented in our parent community and we are already using these connections in our classrooms.  Do you have a hobby, skill or job experience that you'd like to share with students?  We invite you to volunteer by completing the Share Your Expertise form.  Thank you!

With kind regards,

Sheryl
Sheryl Gruber
Middle School Principal
sgruber@cotopaxi.k12.ec

"We are responsible for being informed global citizens who understand and affect positive change."

Health, Community and Spirit!

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Children benefit when partnerships are strong. In this photo one of our second grade students speaks about his learning with his parents and teacher!

Thank you for guiding your child’s steps and working closely with us to provide them with the very best experiences.  Here are specific invitations and recommendations for our continued partnership.

Keeping our Children Healthy

When children are ill, they benefit from being home and resting to recover, which usually happens quickly at young ages.  Please follow these recommendations to keep your child healthy and avoid getting other children sick:

  • Keep your child home if there is presence of fever, vomiting or diarrhea, at least until you see a doctor and have a diagnosis, or for 24 hours after symptoms have disappeared. Some illnesses (like ear infection) may present some symptoms, yet are not contagious.  Speak to your doctor if you have any doubts.
  • Practice frequent hand washing with your child, especially after using the bathroom and before meals.
  • Practice sneezing and coughing into a tissue.  If tissue is not available, cough into your sleeve.  Remind your child not to cough into his/her hands.

We truly appreciate your support.

Community Experts

Thank you to so many people who have responded to our survey to Share Your Expertise!  We are amazed by the wide range of skills and interests represented in our parent community and we are already using these connections in our classrooms.  Do you have a hobby, skill or job experience that you'd like to share with students?  We invite you to volunteer by completing the Share Your Expertise form.  Thank you!

Coming Up

Spirit Week is coming up beginning with Pajama Day.  We invite you to participate in the Parade of Nations and encourage you to stay after the parade to attend the first series of workshops that we will hold this year.  For elementary parents, you will be able to choose from topics related to technology and balance, empowering your child as an upstander, and developing a sensory diet for your child’s optimal development (Go Climb a Tree).  I look forward to continuing to learn with you to support our students.

Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal
ppereira@cotopaxi.k12.ec

Learning in ES

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Welcome back from the long weekend! Our teachers, staff and students are refreshed and ready for a week of learning along with you.

Parent Visits last week

Thank you for participating in the “Take a Peek” activities for PK and K as well as Student Goal Conferences for Grades 1 - 5. We were thrilled by the number of parents and students who are taking ownership of their learning and for your commitment to helping the school-parent partnership. The above door photo is just one example of the stories and goals shared with us last week. Thank you!

Kids Cafe

Our kids cafe continues to inspire our students and educate them on all the various elements around food and customer service. We continue to rotate shifts so that everyone has the opportunity to participate.

Reminder - Sun Exposure

We are adapting our practices to ensure our students are "sun safe" at all times. For this reason, we would ask that you please ensure your child has a hat at school. For younger grades, use of sunscreen and hats are standard practice.

 

Enjoy the rest of the week!

Warm regards,
 
Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal
ppereira@cotopaxi.k12.ec

Goal Setting

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Setting goals is an important process that helps to motivate and gives us a plan to achieve our desired results. It was a delight to see nearly 100% of Middle School families collaborating with Middle School teachers to set student goals last week. Setting goals based on the school-wide IB Learner Profile (page 8 of the MS Handbook) helps us to achieve our first Middle School goal of creating a positive Middle School Culture, where all members of the community respect and value one another. Thank you for your participation in this valuable process! Students will share their goal progress after first semester and either set new goals, or continue working toward the same goals for the second semester.

Reminder - Sun Exposure

We are adapting our practices to ensure our students are "sun safe" at all times. For this reason, we would ask that you please ensure your child has a hat at school. For younger grades, use of sunscreen and hats are standard practice. We would highly recommend that this practice is adopted by all students and that parents ensure all students have a hat to wear at school. For those students who change into Physical Education (PE) clothes, please ensure that students have a long sleeved cotton shirt or UV protective for practice and PE classes.

I hope you enjoyed a restful Independence of Guayaquil holiday weekend.

With kind regards,

Sheryl Gruber
Middle School Principal
sgruber@cotopaxi.k12.ec

"We are responsible for being informed global citizens who understand and affect positive change."

High School News

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Math:

We are continuing a math initiative with our grade 9 and 10 students that Mr. Olson began last year. Students will input their math MAP scores into Khan Academy. Khan Academy then creates a differentiated learning plan for each student’s skill set which will help them develop mastery of skills. Salman Khan, the founder of Khan Academy, describes the learning process in this TedTalk. Your student (if in grade 9 or 10) will bring home their MAP report this Friday. Ask them about the program and how it relates to their math learning. Thank you for your support.

Supporting Teenage Health:

Freedom from Chemical Dependency will again visit Academia Cotopaxi this coming November. Ms. Delaney Keyes-Voeller, HS Counselor, will share meeting times for parents in an upcoming newsletter. The organization provides current research about adolescent brains, and what happens when drugs and alcohol are abused. FCD provides strategies to help our students keep safe, remain in control of their body and decision making abilities and be able to say “NO”. Thank you for your support of this program and for helping us keep all of our students safe throughout the year. While teenage parties are common place, we can all help to make them safe by being present, checking in with our child, asking questions about where the party will occur and who will be there to chaperone, and by cultivating honest and trusting relationships with our child.

School Uniforms/Dress Code:

This week begins our first official uniform day at AC in the HS. All students should have purchased, picked-up and now be wearing the uniform.

"From the Student - Parent Handbook p. 43 All students must wear a polo with the AC logo on the left side. AC Cougar dry-fit shirts are also acceptable. If students choose to wear sweaters, vests, hoodies or jackets, these must also have the AC logo on them. Most pants and skirts, including jeans are permitted. They must be in good condition, without holes and not torn or frayed. "Short shorts, mini skirts, pajama bottoms are not appropriate for school. The Uniform is now expected and required. Please plan on having lunch in the Learning Commons if you are out of uniform. Our Friday Dress Code p. 44 reads "Shirts should be tucked in or overlap with pants or skirts at all times. Bare midriffs are not acceptable. Clothing may not be excessively baggy, short or tight. Language or pictures on clothing condoning or explicitly or implicitly advertising alcohol, drugs, racism, sex, tobacco or foul language is not permitted."

HS Parents, please help us in helping our student body be dressed appropriately for school, by ensuring your child is wearing the uniform. Thanks for your help!

Athletics News:

Academia Cotopaxi has withdrawn from this season’s CAISSA Volleyball Tournament at Carol Morgan School, Dominican Republic, due to the elevated costs of flight tickets for those dates.

The Volleyball season continues until the end of October with the QISSA Play-offs, the JV Invitational Tournament hosted by Einstein, and AASSA that will be hosted by Alliance Academy.

  • Varsity play Menor at AC on Thursday
  • JV will play at Menor on Thursday - Go Cougars!

Garth Wyncoll
High School Principal

High School Happenings

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Students are now entering the core of our first semester. Our teachers have been able to get to know their students, now understand their strengths and areas of improvement, and know the goal the student has selected. Relationships have been built through Discover Ecuador and the opportunities created through the life of the school. Now is the time to ensure your child is working well at home to prepare for the next day’s classes and working ahead so that larger projects are completed on time and to the best of their abilities. If you have concerns about any class or would like to better understand the class direction, please schedule a meeting directly with the teacher through Ms. Monica Jacome.

Thank you PTSA and Fun Run Participants! We had a great day and many HS students volunteered their time to assist with the day’s activities.

Volleyball Games This Week

Varsity at Home on Monday and Thursday
Varsity Away at Menor on Tuesday
JV Away on Monday and Thursday
JV Home on Tuesday

Sun Exposure

We are adapting our practices to ensure our students are "sun safe" at all times. For this reason, we would ask that you please ensure your child has a hat at school. For younger grades, use of sunscreen and hats are standard practice. We would highly recommend that this practice is adopted by all students and that parents ensure all students have a hat to wear at school. For those students who change into Physical Education (PE) clothes, please ensure that students have a long sleeved cotton shirt or UV protective for practice and PE classes.

Counseling Update

Starting this month, we are collaborating across all divisions of AC to focus on one of the IB Learner Attributes each month. During October our theme will be Open-mindedness. During our Global Citizenship time our mentor teachers will be engaging students in discussions and activities about open-mindedness, crossing social boundaries, and collaborating with differently-abled peers through Special Olympics. 9th graders will also be assessing their personal strengths in order to begin thinking about their college and career interests. You can support your students at home by engaging them in dinner table conversations about these topics.

Afterschool Activities and Buses

The 6:00 p.m. bus is only available for registered bus users, and the bus is not a door-to-door bus but rather a central drop-off point that is considered safe, such as inside a gated community or a public place with security. Any change in transportation for a planned or unplanned activity needs a permission request through the Transportation Change Form (excluding planned sports games, on or off campus).

College Counseling Update

For 12th Grade Students who are United States Citizens, it is highly recommended that you fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can after October 1st to ensure that you do not miss out on available federal aid. Questions? Contact lwasser@cotopaxi.k12.ec

Garth Wyncoll
High School Principal

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